Parking planned for festival events

The Artists in Bloom Festival which takes place Saturday is expected to be one of the university’s biggest events.

With thousands of visitors expected to be on campus, organizers are making sure there is ample parking and security.

“We expect about 7,500 people but want a lot more,” said Valencia Matthews, festival director and acting assistant dean for the college of arts and science.

The gravel lot located by the “patch,” the stadium and the parking garage will be open for guests attending the event. The parking lot by Perry Paige will be used for special permit and handicap parking. Shuttles will be provided to transport the elderly and the disabled.

“All areas available for parking will be posted at all primary entrances of campus,” said Kendall Jones, director of physical plant.

Security will be at a maximum level during the event.

“We will have an integration of different agencies for security,” said Sgt. Norman Rollins, a FAMU police officer and special operations coordinator for the event.

The integration will include FAMU Police, Tallahassee Police, Leon County Sheriff and Barkley Security Company.

Choice spaces around campus have been designated for free event parking.